Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bike Fixtation In-vend-tion

If people like Homer get their hands stuck in food vending machines, what kind of person would get their mitts stuck in a bicycle vending machine?

Silly question, right? There are no bicycle vending machines. But wait. What's this I see before me?

A bicycle vending machine

Aside from too much red, it looks an awful lot like a bicycle vending machine!

Well, it looks like a normal vending machine except it says Bike Fixtation on the side. And as the old adage goes, it's not what's on the outside that counts. While Miranda Kerr might upset that notion, this vending machine does not, for inside you will find, amongst other things, inner tubes, patch kits, U-locks, tyre boots, hand warmers and tools. And just so the poor vending machine doesn't lose all sense of itself, there are also some snacks and drinks in there too.

While there is only one of these in operation so far, somewhere in Minneapolis, interest is apparently high. I must admit, I first thought this wouldn't garner much custom but according to its in-vend-tor (see what I did there?), Chad DeBaker, it's already doing a roaring trade. He would say that though, wouldn't he?

Anyway, I hope it works out for him. Maybe more of these things would encourage people to fix their own bike. Although I don't really see how.

I also have to give DeBaker props for using a bad pun to name his company. That's the sort of thing I would do.

And in answer to my question, what kind of person would get their mitts stuck in a bicycle vending machine?

Why, someone with a bike fixtation, of course!


  1. Here's another company in Auckland with the same idea.

    Looks like red is a popular colour; maybe something to do with looking like a popular soft drink vending machine.

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